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Silicon nanowires are held and manipulated in controlled optical traps based on counter-propagating beams focused by low numerical aperture lenses. The double-beam configuration compensates light scattering forces enabling an in-depth investigation of the rich dynamics of trapped nanowires that are prone to both optical and hydrodynamic interactions. Several polarization configurations are used, allowing the observation of optical binding with different stable structure as well as the transfer of spin and orbital momentum of light to the trapped silicon nanowires. Accurate modeling based on Brownian dynamics simulations with appropriate optical and hydrodynamic coupling confirms that this rich scenario is crucially dependent on the non-spherical shape of the nanowires. Such an increased level of optical control of multiparticle structure and dynamics open perspectives for nanofluidics and multi-component …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
7 Dec 2018

Maria G Donato, Oto Brzobohatý, Stephen H Simpson, Alessia Irrera, Antonio A Leonardi, Maria J Lo Faro, Vojtěch Svak, Onofrio M Maragò, Pavel Zemánek

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Volume: 19 Issue: 1 Pages: 342-352
Nano letters